I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Those are the words I used to caption this photo in my online class today. Part of them, I should say. Because when I see these openings in the base of trees I always think of little fairies going in and out.  

Several other class participants agreed with me and said they think of the fairies, too, when they see openings in tree trunks. See? I am not alone.  A woman from Portland remarked, “We have fairy trees around Portland, too. Makes you wonder…”
Maybe this is because when I watched Peter Pan on TV when I was a little girl, I wanted to fly. I remember getting up on the top bunk bed and thinking when I jumped down I would be able to fly…but I don’t remember the outcome. I was enchanted with the story and felt the magic. 
Fast forward to being a 56 year old Grandma. Still looking at the trees (my muse) and wondering what secret life can be hidden in that hole there.  Sometimes life is too serious, too hard, too much responsibility, but not there inside that tree. 
The actual assignment was entitled “All Cracked Up”, citing a quote from Leonard Cohen, “Everything has cracks in it. It’s how the light gets in.”  I chose to look at something in a symbolic way, and offer my imperfectly perfect way of looking at this crack in the base of a tree.  Of course, I realize that after you read this you’ll be thinking I am the one that is all cracked up…. Oh, well.
May you find the time to celebrate a wonderful memory, a favorite story, a magical feeling, or simply a little place in your own yard where perhaps the fairies dwell.
When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
Peter Pan
Spoken by Peter Pan

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